Club bridge has everything riding on it. It is entirely about beating certain other people. There are few friendly rivalries and plenty to be unpleasant about. You want everyone to go home. You hope that the number of people who resign from the club due to unpleasantness is in single figures at the end of the year.
I am pleased to say that the Borders is a much friendlier place.
Well, one of those clubs anyway. A certain English junior of our acquaintance, managed to get himself banned from one of those clubs, for failing to pay subs that he was told he didn't have to pay. They were pleased to have a youngster, until he started winning....
Lets say that is what I think club bridge should be about.